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Hollywood and History (HIS250)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit explores the intersection of feature film and history, focusing on twentieth century America. Through the lens of feature film we will investigate and interpret some of the key events, personalities and ideas in America's recent past. Topics include the Great Depression, the Cold War, Vietnam War, the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Civil Rights movement, the cultural 'revolution' of the 1960s and Watergate.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of twentieth-century American history
2. Identify and interpret a range of primary and secondary sources
3. Examine historical issues by understanding research according to methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline
4. Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past
5. Construct an evidence-based argument
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshop: 1 x 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences Learning experiences will include discussions, workshops and films in addition to formal assessments.
Assessment Assessments in the unit will include an online quiz, a research proposal, research essay and an exam. Written feedback will be provided on submitted assignments.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed HIS249 Hollywood and History may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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History (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors History
Appears in these Minors Modern History
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Michael Sturma
Professor - History

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2857
e: M.Sturma@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.2.014 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Professor Michael Sturma
Professor - History

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2857
e: M.Sturma@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.2.014 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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